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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Is Being a Techie Mom Bad?

This morning Daniel was busy making his usual morning inspection of the apt. During one of his rounds he sneaked into the bedroom where my sister was sleeping. Usually he’d come back out after a few secs of trying to wake her up. But after a few minutes of not hearing the pitter-patter of little feet back and forth I went to check on him.

Seems he discovered my sisters sidekick and decided to try and send some txt msgs…to who? I have no idea. None of his baby friends know how to use a sidekick much less send a txt msg. But there he was pressing buttons and checking for msgs.

As I stood there this thought struck me! Is it bad that my son is growing up techie like his mom? They say children imitate whatever we do. As a parent my actions will show my son what is accepted cultural and social norms. But what happens when we bring technology into the picture as a social norm?

For example...Daniel already knows what a keyboard and computer is. He also knows how to type…or at least the action. Give him a keyboard and he’ll start typing. Really. Now how his little brain process what that action means I don’t know. I do know that he wants to do what his mommy does and clicky on those funny letters is one things his mommy does…a lot.

Odd thing is I never neglect my son. I always take breaks to give him lots of hugs and kisses during my computer time. I also try to be as active as I can with him making sure he gets lots of outside playground time.

Still clearly he’s learned that what mommy plays with he should learn to play with also. Hmm. But is that a good lesson to teach? I dunno until later.

But the other side to this issue is what does this say about me as a mother? I confess that I know more about the latest social media happenings then I do about the latest toy recall. I can’t tell the minute different between the 100’s of strollers, I can’t tell you what’s on sale at Babies R Us cause I’m looking out for a sale at Canon and HP/Compaq. Lets be honest...mommy needs a new camera and laptop!

While I try to keep abreast of all the things mothers “should” know I’m really slacking. How awful is that?! When did mother hood become about what you know versus what you feel and do anyway?!


Nicole says:
at: August 17, 2009 at 12:42 AM said...

Techie stuff is all over. Even toy phones for kids look like actual cell phones. Most kids his age like buttons, etc. They watch everything, and I'm sure he saw someone using that side kick. My son learned how to use the dvd player, by the time he was 2, and he could reboot a computer! That pic of him holding that side kick is amazing by the way!

at: August 18, 2009 at 10:02 AM said...

Maybe he will be a tech guru when he grows up. I think don't worry unless you neglect him, and from what you say you don't.

I found your blog from twitter. I am now a friend :o)

Yakini says:
at: August 20, 2009 at 3:17 PM said...

Great post. I'm such a techie mom too. And I'll have the babe on my lap sometimes while I'm typing, and he's busy trying to type away too. I already told DH that I know Chase is gonna have a blog by the time he's 12 and be on all the other (age-appropriate) social sites as well. Hey, what can i say? He gets it from his mama! LOL

lmao @ u getting a pic of Daniel texting. That is classic!!! :-)